Shift Performance PT

Plantar Fasciitis IN Knoxville

At Shift Performance Physical Therapy in Knoxville, we are dedicated to assisting former athletes and active individuals in overcoming the challenges of Plantar Fasciitis. This condition, characterized by painful inflammation in the plantar fascia, significantly affects mobility and can disrupt daily activities. Our comprehensive guide focuses on the impact of Plantar Fasciitis on athletes and ex-athletes and highlights our effective physical therapy solutions.

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis: A Common Foot Problem

Plantar Fasciitis is marked by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue along the foot’s bottom, leading to heel pain. This condition can become persistent if not adequately managed.

Who is Susceptible to Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Active Lifestyle: Athletes or individuals with extended periods of standing or walking are more prone.
  • Footwear Choices: Inadequate footwear lacking support can contribute to the condition.
  • Unique Foot Structures: High arches or flat feet increase susceptibility.
  • Weight Factors: Additional weight can stress the feet, leading to Plantar Fasciitis.

Identifying Symptoms and Causes

The primary symptom of Plantar Fasciitis is heel pain, which varies from a dull ache to sharp discomfort. It is often most intense during the first steps after waking or after rest. Swelling and stiffness are also common.

Exploring Causes Behind Plantar Fasciitis

  • Athletic Overuse: High-impact activities can strain the plantar fascia.
  • Improper Footwear: Ill-fitting or unsupportive shoes are significant contributors.
  • Age-Related Changes: The condition becomes more prevalent with age due to decreased flexibility.

Comprehensive Treatment Strategies

Plantar Fasciitis is often manageable without surgery through methods like rest, ice application, stretching exercises, supportive footwear, medications, physical therapy, night splints, and steroid injections in severe cases.

Preventive Measures for Plantar Fasciitis

  • Investing in supportive footwear.
  • Incorporating regular calf and Achilles tendon stretches.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Balancing high-impact and low-impact exercises.

At Shift Performance Physical Therapy, we specialize in treating Plantar Fasciitis, particularly in former athletes, focusing on pain relief, foot strengthening, and flexibility improvement. Our programs cater to the specific needs of athletes, aiming to restore mobility and facilitate a return to an active lifestyle.

If you’re struggling with Plantar Fasciitis, Shift Performance Physical Therapy in Knoxville is here to guide your recovery. Contact us to schedule your appointment and begin your journey towards recovery and renewed mobility.


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Breanna King

Blake was so awesome to work with! I came to Shift Performance because I was putting weight too much onto one leg while squatting due to an old ankle injury from a few years ago. I was worried about a potential knee or hip issue resulting from the compensation. He spent so much time watching and showing me when my form gave out, and gave me weekly exercises to supplement my normal CrossFit workouts to help strengthen my weaker leg. Since then I’ve progressed so much both in squatting and in single leg exercises. He speaks from experience from working out himself, so the direction he gives and workouts he assigns are spot on for what a fellow CrossFitter needs! 

Chris Conner

Shift Performance PT is not your ordinary PT! Dr. Blake is very knowledgeable but takes the time to get to know you, your lifestyle, and your goals. I have had lower back pain for years and thought I’d never be able to lift heavy again. I had basically given up on squats and deadlifts. I also have general back pain anytime I work in my yard or do construction projects around the house or church. But with his instruction and therapy I am stronger than ever and I feel better than I have in years! I highly recommend Shift Performance PT and if I could give him more than 5 stars, I would!!